The test tools below are available to all candidates sitting the test in the test centre environment. By becoming familiar with these essential tools, you can save yourself valuable time on your test day.
You may wish to take notes or do workings out during your test, particularly in the Decision Making and Quantitative Reasoning subtests. If you are sitting your test at a test centre, you will be given a set of laminated noteboards (A4 in size) and a pen. If you require an additional set, raise your hand and request one from the invigilator.
The invigilator will have checked the pen is working before giving it out. You may wish to check this before you start to avoid the need to seek assistance during testing.
If you are not given a set of noteboards and a pen when you enter the test room, you should request them by raising your hand. Not requesting these items will not be considered a mitigating circumstance.
Note - the onscreen scratchpad will not be available in 2022.
A simple on-screen calculator will be available for the decision making and quantitative reasoning subtests. To access this click on the icon in the top left hand side of the screen. The calculator will look similar to this:
The calculator is integrated into the practice materials and we strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with the functionality.
The calculator can be operated by using the mouse or the number pad on the keyboard; ensure that 'Num Lock’ is on for the number pad to work.
You can close the calculator by clicking the x in the top right hand corner of it. The calculator will close when you navigate to another question. It can be recalled by clicking on the icon.
To clear the calculator click the ON/C button. The Backspace key clears all the digits at once, i.e. it is equivalent to pressing the ON/C button. There are no other buttons or keyboard shortcuts to delete one number at a time during calculations.
The following memory functions are available:
M+ = Memory Plus M- = Memory Minus MRC = Memory Recall / Memory Clear
The calculator memory is at zero until you strike M+ or M-. Each time you strike M+ the number on the display is added to the number in the calculator memory. Each time you strike M- the number on the display is subtracted from the number in the calculator memory. To recall the number in the calculator memory strike MRC. To zero out the memory strike MRC twice (once recalls the number in the calculator memory and the second time clears the memory). You then need to strike ON/C to clear the window. There are no shortcuts for the memory function.
If you require assistance with the calculator during your test please raise your hand to attract the invigilator.
Keyboard shortcuts can be used to navigate through the live test if you find this preferable to using the mouse. Wherever there is a letter underlined, the Alt key can be used with the underlined letter as a keyboard short cut. An example would be Alt + N = Next (as displayed below) and Alt + P = Previous.
Keyboard shortcuts can also be used to select answers. An example would be striking the ‘B’ key to select answer response B. The mouse must be used to select the desired response in questions requiring you to drag and drop an answer.
The shortcuts available at any time during the live test depend on which screen is currently being viewed. You can familiarise yourself with this, and other aspects of navigation, by using the practice materials available on our website.
Shortcuts in the practice materials
If the standard shortcuts do not work for you in the practice materials this may be because of the device, operating system or browser you are using. You are best advised not using shortcuts to navigate through the test.